Ewedu is a very common soup in Nigeria. It is well known for its consumption of starchy foods like swallows (e.g Small, Eva), Tuwo, etc. Ewedu also have some health benefits, that’s why it is always in high demand by people.
Ewedu farming in Nigeria is very profitable and lucrative. It requires less capital and can easily adapt to the backyard if you are ready for it. It is one vegetable that can grow easily and faster than you can think of.
Luckily it doesn’t require a lot of capital or even a high level of expertise to start this profitable ewes business. You can start from anywhere available, practice your normal farm management and harvest your ready in 3 – 4 weeks.
I understand that some people do not eat Ewedu but it contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals required for their health. Also, it contains lignin, a raw material in the textile industry.
How To Start (Jute Leaf) Ewedu Farming
Ewedu farming is simple, profit-oriented, and doesn’t require a lot of effort. This is the kind of business that you can start from your backyard, then to a plot of land, and later on to several acres. It also involves a very fast and high ROI.
If you are in a favorable environment, you can plant Ewedu at least 6 times within a single year. This is something you probably won’t find in many other vegetables.
Before you can start any business, you need to have a very good business plan. A good business plan for a weedy farm would contain the cost of operations, cost of different inputs, labor-cost, marketing strategy, or even purpose of growing that Ewedu.
This will bring you to the core of where you want to be with your Ewedu farming business.
You need to imagine how big your business will be after investing a certain capital. That plan should contain records of everything you will be needing in the business. It also helps track your success and where to put more effort before going into the business.
Once you have the plan, we can proceed to the other main figure Jan Ewedu farming.
Land Preparation for the ewedu farming business
Look for a perfect site for Ewedu farming, perhaps your backyard if you would need it for family consumption. But on a large scale level, you need to look for a moist loamy soft land that can support ewedu and can retain water easily. Also, you should make sure the area is on a steep slope and has a moderate amount of rainfall every year.
Clear the land and till the soul to keep it soft. The root of the vegetable needs soft soil to grow easily. After which you can add organic manure or fertilizer to the soil to keep its nutrient at optimal disposal.
Do you have proper and adequate land for Ewedu now? Alright, let’s move into the planting secret.
Planting the ewedu
The Planting process Ewedu of Ewedu is also very simple. Purchase healthy and viable seeds from a reliable source.
Then, monitor the season you are planning to plant your Ewedu. It grows well during rainy seasons but does great during wet seasons if the irrigation method is brilliant. It is even more profitable if this is planted during dry seasons if you have the adequate process to grow it.
After purchasing your seeds, soften them in cold water after wrapping them up in a soft towel. This keeps it ready for anything and can easily grow. Dry the seed with another towel and get ready for planting.
There are two methods of planting which are the broadcasting method and the drinking method.
The broadcasting method is spreading the seeds around everywhere. Virtually every vegetable seed is grown via this method and it works well.
While the drilling method involves making ridges, drilling a hole, and then dropping a few seeds in each hole afterward.
Caring for your Ewedu farming business
Next, practice your post-planting operations effectively. The agronomy you practice during this period after planting determines where your vegetable will be in a couple of months.
You can cover the seeds with palm fronds to prevent birds from picking them. Then the next 4 days are really important because those are the periods when the seeds will start to sprout from the soil. At this period make sure you water it well.
At some certain points, it might not be the same strict farm practices as you practiced earlier on your farm. This time your seeds have started maturing and it takes just 3 weeks. Also, you should apply fertilizer a week before the maturity period.
Another practice you should put first is to conserve soil water. If your soil management practice is good enough, the jute leaves would continue to grow well.
Finally your Ewedu plants from pest pests diseases which may destroy your yields later on. Backyard farming doesn’t recall this but if you have a lar Ewedu farming, just get ready to use the original pesticides and chemicals.
Remember, this is a growing phase to monitor very well if you are expecting a good yield during harvest.
Maturity is in the third week, then the harvesting weeks are the 4 to 5 weeks. Harvest your Ewedu yields carefully and specify a good marketing strategy to sell as soon as possible. This is a very perishable product and it requires fast action.
Well, it can be preserved by leaving know the soil for the time being or dipping the leaves of the harvested ones in the water.
Ewedu (Jute Leaf) is a very innovative plant. This is an idea you can try now.